NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – While touring the hurricane-torn Lower Ninth Ward here this week, I saw the flooded home of the music legend, Fats Domino, who never moved from the poor neighborhood where he grew up. Friends and fans scrawled a heartfelt goodbye to the man they loved and thought they had lost – "R.I.P Fats, you will be missed" – but as it turns out, Fats survived.
ALLIANCE, Nebraska – It sits there, silent and solitary, in the middle of the Nebraskan plains. It's a couple miles from any real sign of civilization. It's not on the road to any major tourist destinations. It's not a money-making venture, and there is no admission charged to see it. There doesn't seem to be any rational reason for its existence.
And yet, there it is, all the same. It is Carhenge, one American man's tribute to England's famed Stonehenge, and it is built entirely from primer-gray junk cars.
Amsterdam is an intoxicating jumble of old and new, a place where street art, sex shops and cannabis cafes coexist with world-class art museums, well-preserved Golden Age architecture and traditional bruine kroeg (brown cafes).
So few of us do, says Drake Hokanson. We run from meeting to meeting in our busy daily work schedules. We drive from place to place and seldom take time to talk to a stranger or notice the texture of a wheat field or even just look at the sky.
Hokanson is on a quiet crusade, of sorts, to change that.
PEGGY'S COVE, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia, one of Canada's four "Maritime" provinces, is the country's second smallest province. Yet it contains an amazing 7,500 miles of coastline. Peggy's Cove is typical of an old Maritime fishing village. It's located a short drive west of the provincial capital of Halifax on the Atlantic Ocean coast. Lobster traps and well-traveled boats like the Harbour Mist lay in wait in the harbor on a foggy morning in late May.
There's a serene, Old World beauty even in the most mundane street scene on the Greek island of Santorini. Everywhere you look there is the striking contrast of blue and white.
I REMEMBER TRAVEL
Journeys in sight and sound by Mike Starling
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